Is it possible to produce six hours of electricity from only one liter of urine?
The answer is yes, thanks to the invention of four African girls. 14-year olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and Akindele Abiola, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola, have created a generator that does this very thing.
The invention was unveiled at last week’s Maker Faire in Nigeria, an annual event that showcases the inventions of Africans across the continent and “highlights creations that solve immediate challenges and problems.”
Here’s how it works: The urine goes into an electrolytic cell so the hydrogen can be separated, sent through a water filter and pushed into a gas cylinder filled with liquid borax. The borax pulls the moisture out of the hydrogen gas and sends it directly into the generator, where it produces electricity.
Imagine the implications of this new and exciting technology. Instead of flushing our pee, we could filter it into a generator and use it to power our homes, reducing electric bills in the process. And if the same generator were adapted to automobiles, rest stops would soon become refueling stations.
This certainly gives “renewable energy” a whole new meaning. And I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before farts become fuel, too. Natural gas is the future, after all.
Posted on November 13, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged Africa, commentary, current-events, Electric generator, energy, Hydrogen, invention, news, perspectives, science, Science and Technology. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.